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BOOK REVIEW: 'Happy in Our Skin' by Fran Manushkin, illustrated by Lauren Tobia

Starting with snuggly babies and using a simple rhyme, author Fran Manushkin tells the story of skin: what it does, why we have it, and why one person’s skin is one color and your child’s skin might be another.

Best Books of 2015

As you look back over your year, there are a lot of things you notice. In my case, there were books.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Games Women Play' by Zaire Crown

Judging by the first few pages, I assumed it was another tiresome semi-erotic street lit novel that never goes anywhere but a bedroom. Ho-hum. Ho, wrong!

BOOK REVIEW: 'Alex Haley and the Books That Changed a Nation' by Robert J. Norrell

Read "Alex Haley and the Books That Changed a Nation" by Robert J. Norrell and see how a career can grow.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Firefight: The Century-Long Battle to Integrate New York's Bravest' by Ginger Adams Otis

Roaring flames on hearth or sand always seem welcoming, even romantic — except when they go out of control. And as for the person who puts out a fire like that, as you'll see in "Firefight" by Ginger Adams Otis, ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Miracle on 133rd Street' by Sonia Manzano, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman

Sharing is one of the best things about the holidays, as you know, and in the new book "Miracle on 133rd Street" by Sonia Manzano, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman, it could make your holiday brighter.

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks' by Toni Tipton-Martin

Nothing else tastes good when you're hankering for something specific.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Wake Up Happy' By Michael Strahan with Veronica Chambers

Every day, you make countless little choices. In his book "Wake Up Happy," Michael Strahan explains how one of them can be a life-changer.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Buffalo Soldiers: Heroes of the American West' by Brynn Baker

Dates and names — do your children think that history consists just of those two sometimes-boring things? Show them that there are lively stories behind those names and dates by giving them "Buffalo Soldiers."

BOOK REVIEW: 'Prince of Darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah Hamilton, Wall Street's First Black Millionaire' by Shane White

As you'll read in "Prince of Darkness" by Shane White, you could become rich the old-fashioned way: through grift.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Grant Park' by Leonard Pitts Jr.

You can't un-say things, especially if you mean them, but as you'll see in the new novel "Grant Park" by Leonard Pitts Jr., at least those words won't kill you.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Little Shaq' by Shaquille O'Neal, illustrated by Theodore Taylor III

Sharing is often about teamwork, and in the new book "Little Shaq," author Shaquille O'Neal shares a story.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Me, My Hair, and I: Twenty-Seven Women Untangle an Obsession,' Edited by Elizabeth Benedict

Is today a good hair day, a bad hair day — or a no-hair day? The bigger question: Who's happy with her hair? In this book, 27 women answer that, as they weigh in on their tresses (or lack thereof).

BOOK REVIEW: 'Hoops to Hippos! True Stories of a Basketball Star on Safari!' By Boris Diaw with Kitson Jazynka

Some things just naturally go together; they belong in pairs. And for NBA player and author Boris Diaw, there are two things he likes to add together.